Financial and Visa Information

Information for international students on the visa and financial requirements, as well as the steps of this process for attending Penn State.

Financial Information

Because Penn State cannot offer financial assistance to undergraduate students from other countries, an international applicant must certify that sufficient resources are available to cover expenses for the first calendar year at Penn State, exclusive of travel expenses. You must also indicate how you will meet your expenses for subsequent years.

When considering how to finance your Penn State education, be aware that tuition and some fees will vary depending on the campus and major to which you have been admitted. Additionally, cost of attendance typically increases each year. When evaluating costs, note that international students pay the out-of-state (non-Pennyslvania) tuition rate.

The actual financial guarantee requirement and estimated costs of attendance are available from the Office of Global Programs' Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising (DISSA). You can also contact DISSA via e-mail at


Tuition and Other Costs

The links below will help you determine the total cost for attendance to Penn State, as well as the requirements you must meet.

Tuition and Financial Guarantee Information


On-campus housing is guaranteed for first-year students enrolling at Penn State University Park. Advanced standing students and all other students enrolling at campuses other than University Park will be considered for on-campus housing on a space-available basis. Please see Housing, Food Services, and Residence Life for more information about on-campus housing options and costs, and individual campus housing web pages for more information about both on-campus and off-campus housing.

Mandatory Medical Insurance

Sickness and accident medical/hospital insurance that meets guidelines established by Penn State is mandatory for all incoming international students and accompanying dependents (spouse and/or dependents) during their entire program of study at Penn State. Students who do not abide by this requirement will not be allowed to continue registration. This requirement can be met in one of two ways:

  1. The purchase of the Penn State sickness and accident insurance policy
  2. An insurance waiver issued by the Student Insurance Office upon presentation of proof of adequate medical insurance that meets all insurance waiver standards.
    • Specific information is available through:
      Student Insurance Office
      The Pennsylvania State University
      302 Student Health Center
      University Park, PA 16802 USA

You can find more information on the insurance requirements on the University Health Services website.


Students accompanied by dependents (spouse and/or children) will be fully responsible for their support, and additional funds are required. Please contact DISSA for specific costs.

Visa Document Information

Penn State no longer requires any visa or immigration related documentation at the time of application. International applicants should not send this information until they receive an admissions decision.

Once you have received an offer of admission from Penn State and paid your acceptance fees, the Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising (DISSA) will start a file for issuing the appropriate visa eligibility document. DISSA will contact you via email with the next steps of the process.

Visit the DISSA website for more information on the visa documentation process.